The nominations for the title awards include an impressive list of players, events and industry professionals, who will fight for the GPI 2019 European Poker Awards on March 25th.
The fourteenth European Poker Awards will take place at the Portomaso Marina Hilton Hotel on the island of Malta. Like the recent American Poker Awards, thirteen awards will be given to the players, events and industry professions who made the greatest impact on poker in Europe during the year 2019.
And just like during the American Poker Awards, the glittering ceremony will take place after a poker conference, which will see two panels of industry professionals discussing “Live Poker in Europe: Current Climate and Future Innovations” as well as “Online Poker Snapshot: The State of Online Poker in Europe”. There will also be a discussion panel for players which will revolve around the live poker ecosystem and what improvements players would like to see in 2019.
Who can hope for an award?
The destinations of two of the awards are already known due to the Global Poker Index rankings from the end of 2019. Ole Schemion will add to his award from 2018 for “Live European Player of the Year” when he collects the “GPI Player of the Year” while Liv Boeree takes the “GPI Female Player of the Year” after dominating the ladies rankings through whole 2019.
These are the categories and nominations (in the order we believe they are going to be distributed):
Media Person of 2019
- Giovanni Angioni
- Marc Convey
- Lee Davy
- Remko Rinkema
Industry Person of 2019
- Hermance Blum, General Manager WPT Europe
- Edgar Stuchly, EPT President
- Leon Tsoukernik, Owner of King’s Casino, Rozvadov
- Rob Young, Owner of Dusk Till Dawn
Breakout Player of 2019
- George Danzer
- Dominik Panka
- Oliver Price
- Jack Salter
Tournament Performance of 2019
- Victoria Coren Mitchell, EPT Main Event San Remo
- Martin Jacobson, WSOP Main Event
- Davidi Kitai, WSOP Event #15
- Dominik Panka, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Event of 2019 (buy-in < €2,000)
- EPT Barcelona Main Event
- EPT Prague Main Event
- EPT Vienna Main Event
- Master Classics of Poker Amsterdam
Event of the Year (buy-in > €2,000)
- Battle of Malta
- Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona
- Eureka Poker Tour Prague
- WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn
Poker Innovation or Initiative of 2019
- Winamax Poker for Expresso
- PokerStars for Shark Cage
- Unibet for launching its own gaming platform
- WPT for WPT500 Events and expansion into new markets
Charitable Initiative of 2019
- Helping Hands Charity Tournament
- REG Charity (Raising for Effective Giving)
- Right to Play (PokerStars)
- WPT UK Charity Raffle
Media Content of 2019
- EPT Live Commentary
- “Nosebleed” by Victor Saumont
- Neil Stoddart’s pictures
- Remko Rinkema’s videos
Poker´s Best Ambassador/Lifetime Achievement Award
The two remaining awards are presented to the players or industry professionals who are considered to be the best ambassador for poker in Europe and deserving of acknowledgment for their achievements. The award for “Poker´s Best Ambassador” is determined by a public vote so, if you have an opinion on the matter, head on over to the European Poker Awards website and cast your vote.
The “Lifetime Achievement Award” is decided by an independent voting jury and presented to somebody with a long history of service to the poker industry. Last year the award was won by former Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman, and previous winners include Bruno Fitoussi, Marcel Luske, John Duthie and Dave Ulliot.